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After spending several years in social services, Nicole has finally followed her lifelong dream of being a full-time writer. In addition to her work for The Hudsucker, Nicole is also a staff writer for Womanista. An avid comic book fan, BBQ aficionado, professional makeup artist and first-time mom, Nicole can be found exploring Kansas City rich history when she's not blogging about suburban life at Suburban Flamingo.

The FlashBack: ‘The Flash’ – Episode 16 ‘Trajectory’

The Flash is DC’s television adaptation of the comic book of the same name. It airs Tuesday nights at 8/7 Central on The CW. Our writer, Nicole Drum recaps the series each week updating you on the latest episode here in The FlashBack.   

Image Credit: The CW

Image Credit: The CW

Welcome back from the break Flash fans! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been anxious to find out what exactly is going on with the whole Zoom appearing to be Jay situation. And what about that girl speedster? This recap contains spoilers, so if you’re not into that sort of thing, this is your exit.

Last night’s episode opens with Barry and company trying to figure out how they can make our favorite speedster even faster. There’s a steep ravine and big waterfall that Barry has to train with in order to get to Zoom. Barry’s scared, and can’t blame him, but he tries just the same. Unfortunately, he only makes it about halfway across a massive canyon before falling. However, Cisco has a set of drones with a net to rescue him. Best use of drones ever? Maybe.

Back at the lab, Jesse is trying to adjust to being stuck on Earth-1 by learning about pop culture history. This is contrasted by Barry growing more and more obsessed with his speed. The rest of the team wants to go out and do some self-care so they can think harder, and Jesse wants to go with them. Of course, Harry isn’t okay with that at all but Jesse manages to guilt him into letting her go out. With a weird wristband—Harry’s weird.

The crew goes to the club and has a drink in honor of Jay. I truly appreciate how Team Flash respects Jesse is underage and won’t let her drink. It’s okay that she can’t drink though, because Wally and Iris show up and there is some nice chemistry between Wally and Jesse. It’s adorable, but not so cute is the wristband. It keeps going off when Jesse is near Barry because he’s a metahuman. Yep, Harry put a metahuman alarm on his daughter. Jesse goes to the restroom to pop out the battery, but her efforts are greeted with a truly disturbing message from daddy dearest. I’m just going to say it, this Harry is Dr. Creepyjeans just like his semi-predecessor.

Meanwhile on the dance floor, Iris and Barry do a little wondering about their Earth-2 counterparts. They don’t get to talk too much because a speedster shows up. This speedster isn’t a hero though as they rob everyone and even the cash register. Barry goes after them, but isn’t able to catch the speedster or get a good look. This is bad, especially since now people think The Flash is robbing people. Extra bad? Iris is assigned a story incriminating The Flash by her new brash editor, Scott Evans.

Back at the lab, Jesse confronts her father about his creepy message. Now that Jesse knows her father willingly worked with Zoom to save her, she is pretty upset with Harry—actually, Jesse is enraged. While she is upset, Barry and Cisco are trying to figure out how this new, criminal speedster came to be. Caitlin reveals Velocity-9, Barry gets upset about it, and Cisco vibes on Caitlin, seeing Zoom. None of this is dealt with as the metahuman app suddenly goes off and Barry is once again chasing the speedster.

However, our hero doesn’t catch the speedster. Conversely, Barry does see that this criminal speedster is in fact, a woman. Barry tells the team that her costume looked really good which means this speedster has access to tech like theirs. Caitlin doesn’t take this very well and believes she might be former colleague, Eliza Harmon. Caitlin and Joe pay Eliza a visit over at Mercury Labs, but Eliza denies that she has anything to do with it and sends them away. Eliza’s not telling the truth and it turns out she has a vial of Velocity-9, which she injects herself with. When Eliza looks in the mirror she sees herself as the speedster. We learn she is a slave to her own addiction of Velocity-9, and the craving in the form of the speedster encourages Eliza to steal more from STAR Labs.

Over at STAR Labs, Barry is about to take said Velocity-9. Barry tells Harry he’s tired of not having the same advantages, but Harry straight up tells him not to be stupid. Oddly, he manages to talk Barry out of it by invoking the memory of Jay. Then, it’s speedster time. The criminal speedster shows up and tosses The Flash into a cell in the pipeline. She also disarms Joe, holds a gun to Wells, and demands Velocity-9. She calls herself “Trajectory” and says that she will kill everyone one at a time until she gets her drug. Everyone tells her there is no more Velocity-9 (Barry smashed it,) but Trajectory doesn’t care. She holds a gun to Jesse, which prompts Harry to agree to make Trajectory the drug.

At Jitters, Iris is meeting with her boss, Scott. Her boss thinks this meeting is a date. I smell a bad idea.

At STAR Labs, Harry gives Trajectory the Velocity-9. Trajectory injects Jesse with one of the vials to make sure it’s not a trap. The Velocity-9 is real and Trajectory bolts, but Jesse has a seizure from the drug. Harry gives her a blood transfusion to get the junk out of her system and Jesse later wakes up. She is upset with her father about giving Trajectory what she wanted and about all the bad things Harry has done in the name of protecting his daughter. Meanwhile, Caitlin has put a tracker in the Velocity-9 and the team is able to locate Trajectory on the bridge. It appears that she is trying to destroy the bridge by running back and forth across it. The Flash arrives and sure enough, the bridge is coming apart with 200 people on it. Flash starts to save people, but this upsets Trajectory so she attacks him. The bridge collapses and Barry has to jump to catch Trajectory. It’s a feat similar to that canyon jump from the opening, but this time our hero pulls it off. The Flash knocks into Trajectory and she ends up taking another hit of Velocity-9 despite Flash’s efforts to talk her out of it. Trajectory bolts off, but as she does her lightning turns blue. Then she vanishes. All that is left of Trajectory is her suit and mask and some of that blue lightning.

Back at work, Iris gives her Scott a copy of the paper featuring her cover story of The Flash stopping Trajectory. Iris then tells him that his anti-Flash status isn’t a deal-breaker. Iris has returned to the land of bad choices.

At STAR Labs, Jesse is gone. She left her watch for Harry and on the watch recorded a message to her father about wanting to explore Earth-1. We then see Jesse board a bus for Opal City. In the cortex, the gang talks about Trajectory. Barry tells everyone that before she vanished, he saw Trajectory’s lightning turn blue. Barry wonders if Velocity-9 is why Zoom is faster than he is. Harry thinks that maybe Zoom is dying, like Jay was and needs a cure. This leads to some thought that maybe Jay is Zoom, and Cisco finally tells everyone that he has been vibing Zoom anytime he gets near Jay’s helmet. When Cisco finally puts his hands on it, Cisco gets a full vibe of Zoom unmasking to be Jay. The team is shocked. Barry runs out and into the canyon, screaming.

Up next? Supergirl/The Flash crossover event! We’ll have a recap of that epic event next week on Tuesday. Until then, tell me what you think about Jay being Zoom in the comments below.

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One Comment on “The FlashBack: ‘The Flash’ – Episode 16 ‘Trajectory’”

  1. Dylan March 24, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    Could they be setting Jesse up to become Jesse Quick proper after that injection???

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